Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
from USD $19.80
While in Siem Reap, see the remarkable Phare troupe perform a lively show that blends circus arts with riveting theater, dance and music to tell uniquely Cambodian stories — historical, folk and modern. These young circus artists, many from the most challenging social and economic backgrounds imaginable, will astonish you on stage with their energy, emotion and talent. You’ll also learn how Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), a non-profit association, works with vulnerable children and young adults, helping Cambodian youth transform their lives through art.
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In Brief

Siem Reap, Cambodia
1 hour 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
Visit: Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Intersection of Ring Road and Sok San Road South of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap 17253 Cambodia

Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), a non-governmental organization, was established in 1994 by eight young Cambodians who returned to their country after a childhood spent in refugee camps at the Thai border. Recognizing the importance of preserving their culture and Khmer art, the founders developed social and educational programs for vulnerable children living in difficult situations — including street kids, trafficked children and orphans.

PPS has used theater and circus arts to help them reintegrate into society, vastly improving the choices available to these young people as they reach adulthood.

You'll see PPS's positive impact on the talented performers of Phare, a circus arts troupe that performs different shows throughout the year. The show (see below for the list of performances) elevates Cambodian culture, history and beliefs through music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial arts, contortion and other circus skills.

You have the choice of open seating, or select an upgrade to preferred seating in front center rows that includes refillable sports water bottle with cold water (Section A only)


Sokrias (Eclipse)

Steeped in Cambodian culture and popular beliefs, Eclipse is a tale of discrimination. A young man, who suffers from rejection because of his difference, prays for divine intervention. The gods transform him into a very attractive woman who suddenly receives a lot of positive attention until a mysterious plague begins to consume all the villagers.

Khmer Metal

An edgy, progressive and modern tale about urban life. In a funky Phnom Penh rock bar, the well-connected owner, small dealer and occasional fraudster, is used to getting into trouble with his ‘brother,’ the nominal bar security guard. Don't be surprised to feel reverberations in your chest as Phare musicians pound on drums.


The story of the eponymous war child who is haunted by visions of the Cambodian Civil War and the destruction after the Khmer Rouge regime.This is the story of Sokha’s journey where memories take on a surreal twist into myths and facts. The performance uses different art forms such as circus, visual art, traditional Khmer music and dance.

Preu (Chills)

A bold performance that taps into the fears and anxieties of human beings. The show focuses on supernatural events in a classroom, where students face their fears in order to overcome them.


The show title translates to ‘Oh My God!’ in Khmer, and this allegory highlights the relationship between boys and girls in Cambodia today. Acrobatic, juggling, balancing, tightrope walking and contortion techniques are accompanied by exquisite live music using both traditional and modern instruments. Its extravagant characters offer an artistic vision of their society’s evolution through an explosion of virtuosity and humor.

Same Same but Different

Through a series of everyday situations, “Same Same But Different” explores the different habits and ways of living between Cambodians and foreign visitors. A sudden downpour, an unexpected power outage, a hectic boat trip and a relaxing dinner all provide the backdrops for funny encounters and opposing perspectives. But in every situation they find understanding and connect at a human level.


  • Refillable sports water bottle with cold water (Section A only)
  • Entry/Admission - Phare, The Cambodian Circus


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Intersection of Ring Road and Sok San Road South of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap 17253 Cambodia

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Seating begins at 20 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Last entry is 5 minutes past showtime
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket office may be able to accommodate rescheduling if requested at least 24 hours prior to booked showtime
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Travelers who require wheelchairs are to inform us in advance for prior arrangements.

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

a great combination of acrobatics, traditional dance and comedy! a relatively small venue which meant all the seats were great.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2020
The Phare Cambodian Circus should be a must on the itinerary. It is a very enjoyable show. The coordination and dance moves really hold your attention. The artists are really good. Ensure that you book your tickets online ahead of time and pick the front center seats for a good view.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
What a show! Enthusiastic performers delighted the audience with their dance and circus skills. The story telling was powerful and thought provoking. RIvals cirque to soleil.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
Show was outstanding! Performers were exciting, energetic and fun to watch. Gymnastics, juggling, balance beam etc. made for a fast paced, action packed show. Not a bad seat in the house. Highly recommend seeing Phare when traveling to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
This was an amazing show everyone should go and see awesome performers stunnings stunts. Well worth maki ng the time to go and see You will not be disappointed
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the telling of Cambodia's history through song, dance and feats of strength! The show is a visual sensation and the story will have you teetering on the edge of your seat.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
This was a fabulous performance. The content was modern and the skills of these artists was brilliant. The show was well choreographed and you get to meet the artists at the end.
• Submitted 21 Apr 2018
A wonderful experience to see these talented, enthusiastic and funny circus actors. And great to see that you are contributing to underprileged youth by attending.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
This is an extremely high energy circus show performed by 7 persons, 1 woman and 6 men. Interesting story great acrobatics and very enjoyable. The circus tent is small seating approx. 300 people. Most seats are good. Side seats in the c section, the most economical are good but get there early to get them or you will be seated extreme side and not such a good seat. Music done by musicians is upbeat. The show has dancing, acrobatics and not your ordinary circus. No animals, extreme energy by 7 individuals that perform in the heat no a/c you get a hand fan to use great way to appreciate the show. You are warm but the performers are bathing in sweat. It was a great show but maybe not good for kids. When we saw it, audience was full and 95 adults. Definitely is a good choice for night of entertainment and certainly beats the ansara dancers.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018
Excellent. Theatre. Physical Comedy. Dance. Contortion. Great fun show for the whole family. Photo opportunities with the cast at the end of the performance. Highly Recommended.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2018
Very professional small troupe which has a noble causes behind it. The performers were very talented, enthusiastic and energetic demonstrating a set of skillls which will helps them with their new career path in life. Funny, engaging and worth the money. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Wished we had bought the more expensive tickets as view in cheap seats was restricted , gave it 5 star as what we could see looked very good
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
I really enjoyed the show. It was a great reprsentation of the culture and the people’s beliefs. It was very entertaining to watch!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2018
Brilliant ! Exhilarating! are the kind of worlds one can throw around to describe the display of acrobatics. A group of young men and women from an underprivileged background show us what they can do provided a little help. If also gives an entertainment of a different flavour after a long tiring day of temple hopping. So don't miss it, if you are in Siem Reap.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
It was way better than what I expected. Something that I would definitely recommend to my friends.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
Absolutely fantastic show. Vibrant. Energetic. Humorous. Though provoking. Really great atmosphere in an intimate 'big top', with audience very close to the action. The performers are stars, and the charity behind this venture deserves huge credit.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
The show was fantastic. We watched Sokha which was the story of a Cambodian girl beginning with her surviving the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge to the present day where the country now has hope and the promise of a better future. The story was powerful and the acrobatics were great. It was sort of Cirque du Soleil meets Les Miserables but in a more intimate setting. Recommendation: Don't sit in the C-Section since you will miss many of the performance details. Instead sit in the B-section which in my opinion is better then sitting in the A-section since you have a better view of the entire performance while still being really close since the whole place is pretty small anyways
• Submitted 28 Dec 2017
Absolutely amazing! I loved it! At the very beginning I was a bit apprehensive, however, by the end I was hooked. I had an ticket for the front three row seating. I'm not sure how different the experience would be in some of the other seats as the seating is in an half circle amphitheater style.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Absolutely loved this show. Highly recommended. We are a family of 4 with two teenage children. We alll had a great time. The best part is we are helping support this worthwhile cause. Their strength and talent were amazing. These kids were all disadvantaged at one time. This organization has schooled over 1200 children and of them 150 have trained to become performers. Put this on your list of things to do in Siem Reap.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
Excellent - well worth it
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
One of my favorite things that we did in Siem Reap. These kids are learning all the skills it takes to run a show: performing, sound and lighting, costumes, etc. It was great to see them in action and they were so excited to have people enjoy their show. So fun!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
This circus and theatrical performance definitely exceeded my expectations. The location was easy to find and most tuk-tuk drivers knew the area well. The layout of the stage and the seating arrangements ensured that everyone has a good view of the performance and the incredibly diverse audience means you're more than likely to meet someone from another country or continent! The performers were absolutely incredible and have trained for years to master the movement and the various acrobatic skills. The live music played by two young members of the Phare team perfectly set the mood for each of the scenes which range of upbeat and humorous to dark and ominous. It is quite an educational experience for people of all ages and backgrounds and is a great night out for the whole family. This organisation also supports education of thousands of underprivileged youth and is vital in reviving a lot of the performing arts and traditional craftsmanship in Siem Reap. Go along to see this and you won't be disappointed!
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
These were dedicated and amazing performers and they all had an interesting story to tell. A brilliant way to get youth off the streets and give them a purpose and self-respect. It was easy to accept that you were going to be asked for donations each step of the way! It really is a good cause.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2017

In Brief

Siem Reap, Cambodia
1 hour 30 minutes